Thanks go out to Katie, a graduate student at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, for sending along this interesting link called How Much Sugar Is in That? The website shows crazy (but true) images depicting the sugar content of various foods we eat. For example, this image shows the number of carrots you’d have to eat in order to equal the amount of sugar in a bottle of Coke.

Drinking a bottle of vitamin water is the equivalent of consuming seven sugar cubes. Strawberry yogurt has seven as well. And a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…it’s like eating 21 sugar cubes!

As much as I love Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked, this is a great website to visit when you’re craving something sweet, and can’t seem to resist the ice cream. Seeing these images might help you turn instead to grapes, apple slices, or other fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. The natural sugar found in fruits doesn’t have the same negative effect on your body as added sugar in other food products.

And one last resource: the Nutrition Diva has a really great five-minute podcast with more practical tips on how to reduce your sugar intake.